This credential is fully recognized by RID, but the designation is no longer awarded by RID. This designation went into moratorium effective January 1, 2016.
Description: Holders of this certification demonstrated, using silent oral techniques and natural gestures and the ability to transliterate a spoken message from a person who hears to a person who is deaf or hard-of-hearing. Holders also demonstrated the ability to understand and repeat the message and intent of the speech and mouth movements of the person who is deaf or hard-of-hearing. This credential was offered from 1999 to 2016.
This credential was originally voted into sunset by the RID Board at the in-person Board Meeting at the RID NOLA National Conference, in August of 2015.
At the RID NOLA Business Meeting, a motion was made to move the credential from “sunset” status to “moratorium”. Here is the member motion:
FROM THE MINUTES OF THE 2015 BUSINESS MEETING:
Primary submitter(s) name(s): William Gorum
Secondary submitter(s) name(s): Margaret Austin
Move that the RID Board of Director’s decision to ʺsunsetʺ the Oral Transliteration certificate be vetoed via a vote of the organization’s membership and to place the OTC testing program under moratorium along with all other RID certification examinations until further investigation can be done into options other than the cessation of administration of the OTC exam.
RID is the only nationally recognized organization who certifies oral transliterators. People who are deaf that prefer to use oral communication methods should have access to trained, qualified, and certified interpreters. The RID mission statement is to ʺpromote excellence in interpretation services among diverse users of signed and spoken languages through professional development, networking, advocacy, and standardsʺ.
Estimated Fiscal Impact Statement:
Vetoing the Board’s motion and placing the OTC under moratorium until further options are explored would have minimal financial impact on RID.
Board of Directors Comments:
Bylaws Committee Comments:
Professional Development Committee Comments:
In response to a point, President Whitcher cited a bylaw (Article 3, Section 3d) which says that Board decisions can be overturned by a 2/3 vote.
Betty Colonomos moved to table this discussion, seconded by Wink Smith. This motion does not entertain discussion, so a vote was taken. With 91 votes in support, 146 opposed and 12 abstentions, the motion to table fails.
Artie Grassman called the question, seconded by Audrey Rosenberg. A vote was taken, and debate was closed.
A vote was taken, and, with a 2/3 majority being needed to pass, the motion received 210 votes in support, 56 opposed, and 21 abstentions, so the motion C2015.11 carries.